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What every pro basketball player in Europe should know - Feb 22, 2003

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Slide 1 : US players - Where can you play ?
EVERYWHERE in Europe …
all the professionnal leagues in Europe welcome non-European players (US / Canadians …)
Some amateur (lower divisions) leagues also welcome non-European players
IN RESTRICTED NUMBER however … A few examples :
Number of import players allowed per team
1st div 2nd div 3rd div 4th div 5th div
France 2 2 1 1 (64 teams) 2 (144 teams)
Italy 4 3 only ITA passports starting from 3rd Divisions
Spain 3 non E.E.C. 2 1
Greece 2 2
Turkey 2 2
Germany 2 1 1 to … (regional rules - hundreds of teams)
Belgium 2 1
Luxemburg 1 1 1 1
Generally … 2 1 / 2 Local rules

Slide 2 : What happen with a dual citizenship ?
European players are divided in 2 categories :
Bosman A : E.E.C. country + Switzerland
Bosman B : all other countries (mostly Eastern Europe, Israel, Turkey)
Bosman A can play anywhere in the Bosman A zone without any restriction
Bosman A can play anywhere in the Bosman B zone with or without restriction
Bosman B can play anywhere in the Bosman A zone with or without restriction
For example : unlimited number in France but only 3 non-Bosman A in Spain
Bosman B can play anywhere in the Bosman B zone without restriction
US / Canadian players with a dual European citizenship are seeked by teams !
With a dual citizenship, you become a Bosman A or B player
« A US / Canadian 2nd division player becomes a 1st division player with a European passport » …so becomes his salary …
« Some people » may propose you a European passport for a few thousands of dollars. Don't say yes. The risks are too high : barred from playing bball for life but also in some case jail in the country you're living !

Slide 3 : Which salary ?
Average monthly salary for an import player (in USD) : a rough idea with a few examples
1st div 2nd div 3rd div 4th div 5th div
France 11000 5000 2500 1500 including maybe a job beside bball 1000 including maybe a job beside bball
Italy 15000 10000 2500
Spain 15000 (some 50000 !) 7000 5000
Greece 20000 8000
Turkey 15000 7500
Germany 5000 (some 25000) 3000 1500 1500 1500
Holland 3500 1500
Luxemburg 2500 1500
Switzerland 4000 1500
England 2500 1500
Poland 6000 3000
Scandinavia 4000 2000
Eastern Europe 3500-5000 ?

Slide 4 : What is behind the salary - a few things to think about:
Fiscality : in some countries, bballers don't pay income tax, in others, teams will pay income tax for the player and in some, players must pay income tax on their salary.
Financially troubled teams : there are countries where announced salaries may be high but you may have great difficulties to get paid …
Social Security / Insurance : in some countries like France, as a pro bball player, you are entitled to social security like every French worker and an insurance is bound to the bball license in case of injury … in some countries, there are no social security and you must take a personal insurance for health coverage.
Rigths : in some countries, like France, as a pro player you're considered as a common worker and can defend your rigths in front of a work tribunal in case of a disagreement with the team. In some others, you have no such rigths …
Contract : your contract can be guaranteed (even if you're released, the team is supposed to pay you for the season) or « cut » (you can be released at anytime) …
Food, lodging, bringing your wife and your children … : these are things which depend on the countries and the teams …

Slide 5 : When do recruitment take place ?
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